Helix : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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67

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

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  • Summary: The sci-fi series executive produced by Battlestar Galatica showrunner Ron Moore finds Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) of the Centers for Disease Control leading a group of scientists to Arctic Biosystems, an arctic research facility, to investigate a possible disease outbreak.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    83
    The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. Clues are dropped, but you never know what’s coming next.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 8, 2014
    80
    Created by Cameron Porsandeh, it’s a delicate balancing act [between science and thrills], but the two-episode premiere (airing with limited commercials) and a subsequent hour--enhanced by Campbell’s stiff-upper-lipped performance, and the clever promo slogan “Play God. Pay the price”--dangle enough DNA strands for a discerning audience to want to see where they might lead.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 10, 2014
    80
    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 10, 2014
    70
    It may not be not the most original premise, and the supporting cast leaves much to be desired (with the exception of droll Catherine Lemieux as a feisty veterinary pathologist), but Helix creates an intense atmosphere of dread and fear in which a fade to snowy white can be as scary as the deepest black.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 10, 2014
    70
    If it doesn't match "Battlestar" for ambition or poetry or sparkling dialogue--to judge by the three hours available for review--it's well-made, solidly scary and disturbing all the same.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jan 9, 2014
    67
    The series still has several marks against it--particularly in the acting and dialogue columns--but good sci-fi shows are thin on the ground right now, and there’s just enough that works in Helix to make it worth following for now.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 8, 2014
    50
    There's nothing all that original about Helix, but it works well enough. The script gets bogged down in soap opera suds from time to time, especially when it involves the love triangle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 53
  2. Negative: 20 out of 53
  1. Jan 12, 2014
    10
    Show has a real sense of mystery and suspense that really hooks you early in the first 3 episodes. Makes you want to stick around and see whatShow has a real sense of mystery and suspense that really hooks you early in the first 3 episodes. Makes you want to stick around and see what happens. Really looking forward to see what the writers come up with next. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    9
    A 9 is too high for this show but I think a 6.0 is so incorrect that I am giving it a 9. Firstly, this show is entertaining. It's fun andA 9 is too high for this show but I think a 6.0 is so incorrect that I am giving it a 9. Firstly, this show is entertaining. It's fun and interesting to watch. The science is actually pretty accurate sometimes and the ideas are interesting as well. They even got the pupil dilation with the morphine injection correct (Unlike Requiem for a Dream. The characters are pretty good but could certainly use some more depth and background. Normal isn't interesting, the show seems to grasp this with the overall plot but not with he characters. Each character has quirks like any human being, but this is television, so making things more dramatic and interesting is good and fun to watch, and thus it would have been nice for some of the main characters to be a greater extent of abnormal. The show is predictable at times, and unpredictable on rare occasions thus far, but that's fine with me. It's great entertainment overall. Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2014
    8
    The dialogue can be a little cheesy, and the story line a little far fetched, but the show has proved to be exciting and unpredictable. IThe dialogue can be a little cheesy, and the story line a little far fetched, but the show has proved to be exciting and unpredictable. I really find myself looking forward to this show on Friday nights.. I wasn't sure after the first episode or two, but I am definitely hooked. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2014
    4
    Helix is a disappointing offering from Ronald Moore (ST:TNG, BSG reboot). It's a show about, well, nothing...and not in a good Seinfeld kindHelix is a disappointing offering from Ronald Moore (ST:TNG, BSG reboot). It's a show about, well, nothing...and not in a good Seinfeld kind of way. It's a show that's trying to take a page out of the Lost archives by dangling a carrot in front of viewers in hopes they return each episode. But nothing is ever answered, nothing makes sense (including air ducts you can drive a car in, and a base in the Antarctic powered by solar). And viewers will probably not follow this storytelling tactic again. Helix is not the worst show ever, but it's certainly not worthy of investing a lot of time in, especially if the story just treads water and goes nowhere.

    Some details: The scientists are perhaps the dumbest and most illogical scientists since the movie Prometheus. Some are more concerned about having sex than solving an outbreak that threatens humanity. But the cornerstone every disappointing show are characters you don't care about. Every character in Helix is dour, depressing, angsty, and completely unlikable. I hate every character on this show. I don't care if any of them live or die. Everything about the show feels rehashed, especially the black goo vectors (let's face it, they're just zombies who spread infection instead of eating brains). I will likely not be back for a season 2...if there is one.
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  5. Feb 1, 2014
    4
    This show is a let down. The dialog is not appropriate for highly educated scientific personnel. their actions make no sense. The peopleThis show is a let down. The dialog is not appropriate for highly educated scientific personnel. their actions make no sense. The people cast in the various roles are inappropriate. Here are a few;

    Blonde Scientist: She looks like a biker (and has the vocabulary of a biker).
    Scientist with tumor; Looks like a college co-ed.
    Military guy: to young for such a mission
    Asian leader guy; WHY......

    Not one person in the show makes you care whether they live or die.

    Here you have scientists who work every day with viruses that can destroy the human race, yet when they are infected, they freak out like a any other person off the street. Can't see it. It would freak anyone out, but not like that. The producer drags out the time when one person comes to the others defense for drama (I guess) and it leaves you sitting there asking, "Why aren't the soldiers helping? Why didn't the other guy pick up the gun and shoot?" Just stupid. Can't see it lasting more than one season. Take notes from The Walking Dead and re-cast this show and hire writers over the age of 25.
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  6. Mar 29, 2014
    3
    It had a promising start, but as the season went on it became clear that the story was on a treadmill. Each episode ends with the promise ofIt had a promising start, but as the season went on it became clear that the story was on a treadmill. Each episode ends with the promise of coming revelations that are either never revealed, or end up being rather disappointing. The acting, for the most part, is sub par, and the earnest idealism of Billy Campbell is unconvincing and at times rather annoying. If you are the type of sci fi viewer that needs the story to at least be plausible this probably is not for you; very little of the story makes sense. It is just one big deus ex machina. Expand
  7. May 7, 2014
    0
    Fully Potted nonsense. Hair-raising story. Pathetic bad television. Even the actors seem completely amateurish in this environment. If nothingFully Potted nonsense. Hair-raising story. Pathetic bad television. Even the actors seem completely amateurish in this environment. If nothing helps, helps only completely exaggerated facial expressions. If I did not know the actors from other series, I would think porn actors trying to be a serious actor.

    Outstanding bad play:
    Mark Ghanimé and Meegwun Fairbrother.

    But also the others can not allude to the bad script.
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